Hadassah

In Response to Increasing Cases, Hadassah AIDS Center Gets Proactive

Monday, Sep 23 2013

The Hadassah AIDS Center will conduct an in-service seminar on AIDS awareness and prevention for family doctors this coming Wednesday, October 2. The seminar, "HIV-A Virus Without Borders", is being organized as a result of the recent increase in AIDS cases among residents of East Jerusalem. Nearly half of the cases weren’t diagnosed until the advanced stages of the virus even though patients felt sick and were seen by doctors.

The AIDS Center at Hadassah was established in 1985 and the multidisciplinary team provides diagnosis, treatment and support for HIV/AIDS patients. Additionally, the center conducts various studies on HIV/AIDS. The center is currently treating around 400 HIV carriers: Jews, Arabs and Christians.

"This virus doesn’t only affect what would be considered 'classic' high-risk groups where physicians might be looking for symptoms,” said AIDS Center Director Dr. Hila Elinav. “Family physicians don’t think of HIV when examining the men, women and children from their regular practices, and they are missing the initial signs. There is less openness about homosexuality and drug use. That means that patients are diagnosed dangerously late, and arrive at the Center much later than they should and have a lower chance of overcoming the virus. Early detection of the disease, while it is still in the carrier stage can help slow the virus and prevent the development of AIDS."

The seminar will include lectures on diagnosis methods, early symptoms, treatment options, quality of life and life-expectancy. The seminar will take place at the Dan Hotel in Jerusalem.

Related Stories

alt_text

Tuesday, Aug 4 2020

Kidney Donation Keeps on Giving: A Hadassah Story

It is said that one good turn leads to another. Two years ago, Hadassah clinical psychologist Benny Kashany altruistically donated a kidney to a total stranger.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Aug 3 2020

Hadassah Physician Turns to SodaStream to Ease COVID-19 Patients’ Breathing

How’s this for thinking outside of the box? Seeking a better device than the invasive ventilator to ease COVID-19 patients’ breathing difficulties...

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Monday, Aug 3 2020

Hadassah Treats 9-Year-Old With Mysterious Bullet Lodged in His Brain

Last Friday, on the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, a stray bullet hit a 9-year-old boy in the head.

READ MORE ›
alt_text

Friday, Jul 31 2020

Six Hadassah Researchers Receive Major Grants From Israel Science Foundation

Researchers at the Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) received six of the eight coveted awards granted this year by the Israel Science Foundation...

READ MORE ›

Donation Questions

donorservices@hadassah.org

(800) 928-0685

Membership Questions

membership@hadassah.org

(800) 664-5646

Israel Travel

israeltravel@hadassah.org

(800) 237-1517

Contact Us

40 Wall Street

New York, NY 10005

support@hadassah.org

More ›

Show More